Seattle's Child is proud to once again sponsor the Unsung Heroes being honored in February by the Washington state Department of Children, Youth and Families Strengthening Families Washington.
Every day this month we'll present an Unsung Hero.
Nominations are accepted from around the state and include biological parents, grandparents, foster and adoptive parents. Some volunteer at local schools; some have started nonprofit organizations; some mentor others in their communities. All honorees are true heroes: outstanding caregivers doing important work on behalf of children.
Victoria Romero, Chehalis
Victoria’s son was diagnosed with autism four years ago. Immediately, she sought information and support. Early intervention, school district services, private therapies, ABA therapy, Summer Spectrum programs became part of their routine. She advocates for Luis in school and community to ensure that he is included and valued.
Victoria immersed herself in the Lewis County Autism Coalition, volunteering tirelessly and providing valuable insight. Because of her energy, passion and knowledge of resources, she was hired on part-time as The Link Coordinator, helping families navigate resources for autism and behavioral needs. She speaks to schools and agencies to educate about autism and help secure funding. Far beyond her paid hours, Victoria volunteers on committees including the School Medical Autism Review Team, The Cultivating Inclusion Campaign, the 10th anniversary planning committee.
In addition to Link Coordinator, Victoria works two other jobs serving others: respite-care provider and social-skills educator for youth with autism.
In her free time, she holds private Easter egg hunts for children who are overwhelmed in large groups. For years, she has collected Halloween costumes to share with many families, and has privately sought donations to help other families during Christmas. She meets people where they are to make sure every family has what they need to enjoy opportunities that other families experience.
Through personal challenges, Victoria goes above and beyond to help individuals and families. She shares her journey, her heart, her knowledge and energy so others may benefit.
Nominator: Alison Jenkins